Everything is subject to interpretation; we are unique in the way we communicate as human beings through reading, speaking, writing and listening. Studying English and English Literature at GCSE level aims to encourage students to practise these vital skills for the later future. Students follow the AQA syllabus and study a variety of traditional and contemporary texts; from Shakespeare and Dickens to Steinbeck and Poetry across Time...Students are taught to analyse the effect of language, the writer's craft, characterisation and the way texts are put together. Interestingly, the new syllabus allows students to explore the way they speak and how they use the English language, compared to the world around them.
Students follow the AQA syllabus and study a variety of traditional and contemporary texts; from Shakespeare and Dickens to Steinbeck and Poetry across Time...Students are taught to analyse the effect of language, the writer's craft, characterisation and the way texts are put together. Interestingly, the new syllabus allows students to explore the way they speak and how they use the English language, compared to the world around them.
All students will study and be entered for both GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. They are separate GCSE qualifications but the courses allow transferable skills to be developed across both subjects. The course will be assessed at the end of the course. Regular teacher assessments, Year 10 exams and mock examinations will provide opportunities to practice all examination papers. The papers are untiered and questions are designed to take students on an assessment journey through lower tariff tasks to more extended responses.
The syllabus information for Year 10 and Year 11 is as follows:
English Language (8700) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-language-8700/specification-at-a-glance
English Literature (8702) http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/gcse/english-literature-8702/specification-at-a-glance
Extra curricular activities
Students can take part in a range of writing competitions that are held throughout the year. We also encourage Year 9 students to become reading mentors to develop the literacy skills of Year 7 students. Any students who would like to develop their literacy skills further so they meet their target levels, can attend the after-school catch up sessions. We also collaborate with the school librarian to ensure students have access to writer’s workshops, author visits and book groups.
Filmclub is a great opportunity to watch a variety of films in the company of those who love films! We watch everything and anything from commercial and mainstream films to independent, arthouse or foreign films worthy of attention. We discuss afterwards and students write mini reviews on the website. We are honoured to have 2 filmclub ambassadors who are nationally recognised! One has interviewed George Clooney recently at the Baftas!
This is a course which involves students learning about and discussing key concepts within media industries and applying them in a creative way. Practical projects include planning and creating advertising campaigns, promotion material for acts within the music industry and film trailers which appeal to a target audience. Students will have the chance to explore how media affects their lives and society as a whole.
Controlled Assessment taken from banks of 3 set assignments 90 marks - 60%
1) Introductory assignment on advertising; 2) Cross-media assignment on music industry promotion
3) Practical Production and Evaluation assignment (either the making of a thriller film trailer or a film magazine)
Written Paper - 1 hour 30 mins - 60 marks - 40%
Based on a pre-released topic (e.g; 2012: Crime Tv Drama) with guidance and stimulus.
“I have been studying Media for almost two years now and it’s been a very rewarding experience. The set tasks on the subjects of advertisements, music and film are all interesting conventions of Media. This course is suitable for students who love being creative. It’s an extremely fun course to take.” – Sophie Riche